The next time somebody approaches you with a “crazy” idea, pause before putting them down. Instead of looking for what’s wrong, look for what’s right.
See if you can find a hidden jewel in the idea, a principle, an essence that the idea originator is on to — even if the idea itself is rough, raw, or imperfect.
The fact is: most great inventions, products, or services begin as a crazy idea.
Maybe 99 out of 100 times, the so-called crazy idea will go nowhere, but the 100th time it just may be a winner.
And one more thing — if you make a habit out of trashing other people’s “crazy” ideas too quickly, people will soon stop approaching you with any idea.
Then all you’ll be left with are your own.
Mitch Ditkoff is the Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions and the author of “Awake at the Wheel”, as well as the very popular Heart of Innovation blog.